Tuesday, March 3, 2009


As much as I like the fortunes, I'd like to see bits like this inside cookies.

This is my new Lucky Hat. A nice present sent to me by a friend. Thank You although you do not read this blog (or even know it exists.)

I've been reading books on walking--there are many books on walking it turns out and one leads to another, now I have a pile of books on walking to read and one is filled with local walking maps making me anxious to get started.

I am beginning a quest to visit & photograph 48 different libraries this year. I have a list, and some are pretty far away ~ ( one is in Port Jervis, NY.) I quested over to a couple of libraries just down the road on Saturday. This was one of them. It had nice chairs. I sat down for awhile.

I always like to read these little Q and A things.

I'm hoping to find this during my quest. I can take a book out of any one of 48 libraries and return it to my local library. I actually envy the guys who drive around returning the books. I plan to find out the schedules so I can interview and photograph one of these people.


R.L. Bourges said...

1st bit: I see Humpty Dumpty had mastered his Chomsky (or did Chomsky master in the other one? Hm...)

2nd bit: very spiffy an urban chic. Wear it in good health.

3rd bit London - exactly. Like an agglomeration of villages with green spaces growing on all the seams.

4th bit Looove bookstores where you can sit and read about walking. loooove them.

5th bit: Port Jervis? Vraiment? Merci :-)

6th: now that's what I call having a calling - and a great dad: 1000 poems as a gift to a five year old? Fan-tas-tic.

7th bit: 50's bad time to be weird? For sure. But it's never a good time to be weird, basically. It's just the definition of what's weird that gets changed around. It's just never a good time to be on the wrong side of the definition (see 1st bit and we've come full circle, so I'm off) :-)

best, A R

e said...

I love your project and the plan to interview those who return books. Don't worry about weirdness, it is the spice of life, really. As for the well gifted hat from your friend, it is fabulous and I hope you will enjoy it for years to come.

As for your comment to me, I suppose I am a bit of a romantic, though I think of myself in daily life as far too pragmatic for that, most of the time. Thanks for dropping by.

Deborah Godin said...

I'm a big Lewis Carroll fan, and this is one of my fave tidbits of his!

Megan said...

Why is it a Lucky Hat? Just because?

That is a fabbo idea to visit all those libraries. I hope you do get your interview.

tut-tut said...

Hey, Avid; sorry I've not been around. Not for lack of interest. Port Jervis? On Long Island?? or no? I have a book for you. I'll mail it soon.

Did Lettie send that hat?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great project, Avid. Took the Princess to ours, yesterday. They've a second library on the upper floor,complete with massive playroom. A good place to read together or just let them blow off some pent up energy, after school( and a big lunch ). And I finally got that book!

Avid Reader said...

Th hat came from a worker at the times.

My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)